Thursday, June 6, 2019

Once Upon A Hallowed Eve: An Anthology of Romantic Ghost Stories

Posted by Randi on Thursday, June 6, 2019

What they want:
The end of October marks the final shift into darkness, also known as the liminal time of Samhain. During this period of time, the veil between our physical world and the spiritual world comes down, allowing more communication with the citizens of the Otherworld than at any other time of the year.

Originally, Samhain marked the beginning of Winter in Gaelic Ireland. It was believed that the Lord of the Underworld walked the earth during Samhain, along with all his cohorts: ghosts, spirits, fairies, and many other creatures. How can you use this pagan holiday in your character's lives? How can you bring a phantom, ghost, spirit, or soul into your story? Will your tale be about a lover come back from the dead? Will your characters battle wraiths in the night? Will they face a seance in space? During WWII? In the jungles of Africa? There's a wide berth here. Be creative. Have fun and think big. Again, setting and tone are highly important. Samhain or one of its variants must be involved, as well as a solid emotional romance thread.
Deadline: January 1, 2020
Length: 7,000-15,000 words
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways
Submission Guidelines: https://onceuponanthologies.com/2019-submissions/